Al Marsh

Is this the promised $50,000 airplane?

July 18, 2008 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

Not too long ago, ok, 26 years ago, $30,000 would buy a new Cessna 152 and $60,000 would buy a new Cessna 172. Things got more expensive but then the light sport airplanes promised to bring back a $60,000 new airplane. Most light sport aircraft are generally $90,000 to $140,000. Now comes the X-Air at that goes out the door with all the options (transponder, handheld GPS) for $51,000. It could be called “minimalist.” Xair

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2 Responses to “Is this the promised $50,000 airplane?”

  1. David Reinhart Says:

    Just which of their models is this? Their Web page doesn’t seem to have an assembled light sport aircraft. Or are you talking about their H kit cost plus avionics?

  2. Al Marsh Says:

    Hi, David,
    I contacted Justin Reimer of X-Air and he sent the response below. Also, there is a different Web site for the LSA model (www.x-airlsa.com):

    The quick answer is that the X-Air LS is SLSA approved and we only sell them as whole, tested and ready to fly away aircraft. The LS came from the X-Air “H” kit design that has been around for the last 6 years or so. That design changed as we went through the ASTM consensus standard criteria, though the changes involved modifications to systems primarily (electrical, etc.), as the the structural and flight parameters were superb.

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